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La Caraquena

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300 W Broad St, Falls Church, VA 22046-3319 (Little Falls Street)
+1 703-533-0076
12:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:00
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Wed - Mon 12:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:00
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Arlington, Virginia
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21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2017 via mobile

The arepas are some of the best in the area and I recommend the yuca fries as well. The motel that it is under looks sketchy but don't let that deter you from La Caraqueña. Sit outside if the weather permits.

Thank Ellie M
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103 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 October 2016

This is a small facility, with perhaps seating for 24 inside and another 24 outside. Because of this - and the small kitchen, it does not take much to overwhelm the kitchen and waitstaff. However, the food was delicious, and not the usual "Spanish/Tex-Mex fare so often found. Really interesting menu items, such as a black bean soup, with duck... More 

Thank goodinfo
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88 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

My first trip to LaCaraqueña, which intrigued me because I lived in Venezuela for many years. This Liliputian restaurant is in the former coffee shop of a very old and very tired motel in the heart of old Falls Church. The great stories about the two owners from Venezuela are not helpful on a Saturday night when they are nowhere... More 

1 Thank MikefromThelake
Bradenton, Florida
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661 reviews
489 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 October 2016

We had a really wonderful dinner. The food was tasty and very satisfying. The tropical salad was the best. The waiter staff was first rate very friendly and well informed on the different restaurant dishes.

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Waldorf, Maryland
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47 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 September 2016

I would absolutely recommend stopping by this highly unassuming location if you're looking for a great cocktail and some food. The Parcharita ( passion fruit margarita) is my new favorite take on the classic drink and packs a punch! Also be sure to try a few of the arepas, ground corn cakes with various meats and cheeses stuffed inside. The... More 

Thank snowboarder90
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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96 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 September 2016 via mobile

The food here is excellent. The Sabroso salad and tropical salad are two of our favorite local dishes. However, time and time again, the food comes out incredibly slow. Today, for example, we told the waiter that we were In a hurry. Our appetizers still didn't come for 25 minutes. Our sinners, after 35 minutes. Again, excellent food, but....

1 Thank BaldAndHappy
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Reviewed 22 June 2016 via mobile

doesn't look like much from the outside, but it's good food, good service, nice waiters. love the place! park in the motel parking lot.

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Istanbul, Turkey
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110 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 June 2016

This is a small restaurant located at the corner of a small, nondescript motel in Falls Church so it's easy to miss. I'm guessing that the name comes from Caracas so it must be Venezuelan cuisine, not to be mistaken with Mexican food! From their limited menue, they offer interesting salads and main courses with unfamiliar names but the description... More 

1 Thank Robert E
Winter Haven, Florida
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43 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 May 2016 via mobile

After watching Drive-Ins, Diners, & Dives with Guy Fieri on TV, we just had to try this restaurant when visiting family in VA. It was unusual but the Venezuelean food was awesome. We all enjoyed the various arepas & all entrees were delicious. Only downside - 6 of us were seated at 2 tables which usually would fit 4 people.... More 

1 Thank Pat T
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 May 2016

Looking for delicious food, authentic Latin arepas and wonderful sides --beans & rice, yucca, shredded cabbage salads and amazing margeritas -- this is the place. This was my third visit and food here is always terrific. It's not the same old same old. It's delicious, interesting and fun. There's outdoor seating with umbrellas for an al fresco experience! The arepas... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 20 - US$ 30
Latin, South American, Venezuelan
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Open Hours
12:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:00
12:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:00
12:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:00
12:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:00
12:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:00
12:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 300 W Broad St, Falls Church, VA 22046-3319
    (Little Falls Street)
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Falls Church
  • Phone Number: +1 703-533-0076
At La Caraquena, the taste of Latin America is alive in every dish. Chef and owner, Raul Claros, shares his heritage by combining over 20 years of family recipes with the authencity that comes from his travels through Latin America. This is comfort food served in a relaxed atmosphere where our guests can experience the best in Latin American cuisine and culture.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?